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The Photon operating system must limit the number of concurrent sessions to ten for all accounts and/or account types.


Finding ID Version Rule ID IA Controls Severity
V-258804 PHTN-40-000007 SV-258804r933473_rule Low
Operating system management includes the ability to control the number of users and user sessions that utilize an operating system. Limiting the number of allowed users and sessions per user is helpful in reducing the risks related to Denial of Service (DoS) attacks. This requirement addresses concurrent sessions for information system accounts and does not address concurrent sessions by single users via multiple system accounts. The maximum number of concurrent sessions should be defined based upon mission needs and the operational environment for each system.
VMware vSphere 8.0 vCenter Appliance Photon OS 4.0 Security Technical Implementation Guide 2023-10-29


Check Text ( C-62544r933471_chk )
At the command line, run the following command to verify the limit for the number of concurrent sessions:

# grep "^[^#].*maxlogins.*" /etc/security/limits.conf

Example result:

* hard maxlogins 10

If "* hard maxlogins" is not configured to "10", this is a finding.

Note: The expected result may be repeated multiple times.
Fix Text (F-62453r933472_fix)
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Add or update the following line:

* hard maxlogins 10